The Rio Olympic Games 2016 start in less than a month, and recently it was confirmed that the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen will be hosting the opening ceremony that will take place at the Maracana stadium on August 5th. Fernando Meirelles, the creative director of the opening ceremony, said in September 2015 that the ceremony will be a reflection of the country and what he hopes it will become.

The opening show will be 3-hour long affair, with performances by Brazilian artists including Anitta, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso, and of course, the moment everybody is looking for: the athletes parade. It was confirmed by a choreographer of the event they are working on a low budget, yet the costs for the event according to the Brazilian government is $2.3 billion total, and it can rise even more.

Tension as the Olympic Games 2016 get closer

It is the first time the Olympic Games will be hosted by a South American country, and in the past couple months we’ve heard of many problems that the Brazilian government is going through. The biggest economic recession in 25 years, the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Brazil, and how the city of Rio de Janeiro is not ready for the event (the governor declared astate of financial emergency on June 18th, only seven weeks before the start of the Olympics) are just the tip of the iceberg.

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From police officers receiving tourists at the airport with big posters saying: “Welcome to hell” written in red paint, to athletes not attending the games, the situation is definitely complicated, mixed with an atmosphere of fear and concern. Many overpriced constructions all over Rio made exclusively for the games have been delayed.

With all of this going on and the threat of Zika virus(1046 cases were confirmed in Brazilian territory), the tickets for the games are not selling as expected. Four months prior the games, only half the tickets were sold, and Brazil’s new minister of sports was trying to find ways of promoting ticket sales.

No visa required to attend the Rio Olympic Games 2016

One of the attempts was waiving visa requirements for American, Australian, Canadian and, Japanese citizens from June 1st through to September 18th. But remember, if you are attending the games, you don’t need the visa as long as you are only going for tourism purposes, and the stay can be up to 90 days.

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